Preparing the Child for Books

Before directing a child to a book—even a hightly decodable one—the child needs to successfully tackle the decoding of simple phrases and short sentences. This is a step that is almost never provided beginning readers but is crucial to their sense of mastery and self-confidence. Perception is everything; and a young child who thinks she is being given too much, too fast, may give up or withdraw. But she can almost always handle slight increases in challenge.

Provide practice with short vowel phrases and sentences.

Give the child opportunity to gain mastery and confidence with material that is only slightly more difficult than the 4- & 5-letter words he’s been decoding to this point—before introducing decodable readers that have many words in each sentence and several sentences on each page.

Short Vowel Phrases

3 & 4-Letter Short Vowel Phrases

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Item #400

These short vowel phrases, like a gas pump, a jazz band, an egg hunt, are an important step in preparing a child to read decodable sentences and books. For many beginning readers the leap from short vowel words to decodable short vowel stories is too much. Providing practice with short phrases and then individual sentences allows children to gain mastery and confidence before attempting a book. 52 picture cards. 52 phrase labels.

These short vowel phrases, like a gas pump, a jazz band, an egg hunt, are an important step in preparing a child to read decodable sentences and books. For many beginning readers the leap from short vowel words to decodable short vowel stories is too much. Providing practice with short phrases and then individual sentences allows children to gain mastery and confidence before attempting a book. 52 picture cards. 52 phrase labels.

Short Vowel Sentences

3 & 4-Letter Short Vowel Sentences

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Item #410

From short words to longer words to phrases and now sentences. The child has progressed at his own pace through an increasingly more challenging sequence of beginning decoding material. These short vowel sentences (The twins get wet. The man pumps gas.) allow the child to have crucial practice decoding, blending and comprehending complete sentences. Many young readers need this work in order to be successful when they attempt to read a decodable book that has many words in each sentence and several sentences on each page. 48 picture cards. 48 sentence labels.

From short words to longer words to phrases and now sentences. The child has progressed at his own pace through an increasingly more challenging sequence of beginning decoding material. These short vowel sentences (The twins get wet. The man pumps gas.) allow the child to have crucial practice decoding, blending and comprehending complete sentences. Many young readers need this work in order to be successful when they attempt to read a decodable book that has many words in each sentence and several sentences on each page. 48 picture cards. 48 sentence labels.

Yes. No. Maybe so. Question Game with Short Vowel Sentence Reading

Short Vowel Sentence Reading Game

Price: $10.00

Item #411

Short Vowel Sentence Question Game

Short Vowel Sentence Question Game

Yes. No. Maybe so. Question Game with Short Vowel & Dolch High Frequency Words

Question Game with Short Vowel & Dolch High Frequency Words

Price: $10.00

Item #412


Provide workbooks that reinforce what the child has already learned.

Workbooks can give beginning readers a lot of great sentence reading practice but are best used when they reinforce what a child already knows or can do, not as a means of teaching new concepts or introducing new levels of difficulty. A workbook doesn’t need to be a consumable. Individual pages can be cut out and slipped into plastic sheet protectors and rotated into literacy centers. The child can then record written answers on a separate sheet of paper or indicate choices with game pieces or wipe-off markers.


Provide decodable readers for practice with connected text.


General

“Learning to Read is Child’s Play”, by Maunz, Matthews and Klein

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The sequence, the research, the materials and the 30 years classroom experience which form the foundation of a practical, developmentally appropriate program that leads young children gently but surely into reading. A how-to manual for the early childhood classroom.

OUT OF PRINT

The sequence, the research, the materials and the 30 years classroom experience which form the foundation of a practical, developmentally appropriate program that leads young children gently but surely into reading. A how-to manual for the early childhood classroom.

Sequence of Instruction Chart

PDF Chart a sequence of reading instruction

This sequence of instruction chart is available in the Handouts tab.

This sequence of instruction chart is available in the Handouts tab.

Student Progress Chart

Student Progress Chart

The entire Student Progress Chart can be downloaded in the Handouts tab.

The entire Student Progress Chart can be downloaded in the Handouts tab.